Waldorf Elementary Music Teacher Education
Sunbridge’s specialized intensive in Waldorf Elementary Music Teacher Education is for current and prospective Waldorf grades 1-8 music teachers.
Director: Jana Hawley, MSEd
This offering is designed to provide Waldorf music teachers with an informed understanding of the Waldorf curriculum and the anthroposophical view of child development, enabling these individuals to be more fully integrated members of their school community and to meet their students through the lens of a Waldorf educator.
This intensive enrolls every other year. The next cohort enters July 2018.
In addition to taking subject-specific classes in how teach to music through the grades, instruction in chorus and recorder, and a music teachers seminar, Sunbridge Music students receive a grounding in anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy through classes in child development and inner development, reading fundamental texts by Rudolf Steiner, and developing a meditative practice. There are also electives in academic subjects and the arts.
Through your studies, you will gain a Waldorf pedagogical understanding of the child and a knowledge of how that understanding relates to music study, thus gaining an understanding of the relationship between the child and music. This will lead to a deepening of the curriculum for both you as a Waldorf music teacher and the class teachers with whom you work, allowing for a more informed partnership.
Taking classes alongside students from our three-year Elementary Teacher Education program, many of whom are practicing Waldorf teachers, provides you with the benefit of developing colleagueship among fellow Waldorf educators.
“I appreciated Jana’s openness to thinking creatively and realistically about teaching music. Rather than encouraging dogmatic adherence to clear-cut prescriptions as to what is and is not appropriate for a given age, she encouraged us to imagine the mood or feeling of a certain age and to look within our music – and ourselves – for that mood.”
“I feel much more empowered to begin teaching in the fall. Thank you for all the amazing work!“
~ Sunbridge Elementary Music Teacher Education students
Combine with Elementary Program
Sunbridge Music students may elect to combine their specialized intensive studies with matriculation in our Elementary Teacher Education program and receive a full teacher education diploma with concentration in music teaching. Matriculation in our Elementary program entails meeting certain admission requirements, such as earning a bachelor’s degree by the time of Sunbridge graduation, and paying full program tuition. If you would like to learn more about this option, please contact Admissions Coordinator Penelope-Myles Voss (email@example.com / 845-425-0055 x20).
Director / Faculty
This intensive is comprised of a three-week on-campus summer study, plus a one-week observation of an experienced Waldorf music teacher.
The required one-week observation of an experienced Waldorf music teacher will be arranged for a mutually-convenient time and setting during the academic year and must be completed by June.
Curriculum (From Summer 2016)
103 Child Development and Learning 22.5 hours
110 Inner Development 12.5 hours
132 Teaching Music 52.5 hours
- Teaching Music I
- Teaching Music II
- Teaching Music III
- Singing and Movement
- Instruments and Literacy
- Music Theory and History
- Music Teachers Seminar: Anthroposophical Music Education
137 Eurythmy 15 hours
138 Chorus and Recorder 15 hours
140 Observation 32.5 hours
Our Waldorf Elementary Music Teacher Education intensive is designed for practicing Waldorf teachers who are experienced musicians or experienced musicians who wish to become Waldorf music teachers. Applicants must be proficient musicians (either instrumentalists or vocalists), be able to read music, and possess an understanding of music theory. A high school diploma is required for admission; a bachelor’s degree is not required.
- Applications for our July 2018 cohort will be available October 1, 2017. Online applications or pdf downloads will be available here or you may request to have a paper version sent to you by filling out an inquiry form or by contacting us at 845-425-0055 x20.
- A completed application includes:
- Application form – completed, signed and dated
- Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications submitted without this fee will not be processed. Applications submitted less than five weeks before the start of the intensive will incur an additional $50 late fee.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation. The letter should be sent from the recommending persons directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- If applicable, a transcript from your degree-granting institution or any college attended. Otherwise, a high school transcript or diploma.
- If applying for Financial Aid, all appropriate paperwork
- Send all materials to:
Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Once your application is received, it is reviewed for completeness and forwarded to Jana Hawley who will contact you to arrange a phone interview. Admissions decisions are sent out soon thereafter, on a rolling basis.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications submitted less than five weeks before the start of the intensive are considered on a space-available basis and must contain a $50 late application fee.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have taken their prior education in a non-English-speaking college or university must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English during the admissions process (through a hand written personal statement and phone conversation). Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required.
Contact our Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator Penelope-Myles Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org / 845-425-0055 x20.
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